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Newman Society Praises Gonzaga Decision on Knights of Columbus

The Cardinal Newman Society sent the following letter to Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh, thanking him for granting official club status to the Knights of Columbus, after the University said the club could not be recognized because it restricts membership to male Catholics:

May 1, 2013

Dear Dr. McCulloh:

On behalf of The Cardinal Newman Society, I am writing to express our deep gratitude for your decision to accommodate the Knights of Columbus as an official student club, and your plans to change Gonzaga University’s policies regarding support for Catholic religious organizations.

I am sure this gratitude is shared by many Gonzaga students and families, as well as Catholics throughout the United States who pray for strong Catholic identity in our Catholic colleges and universities.

The denial of club benefits to the Knights of Columbus had the dangerous potential of setting a bad precedent for other Catholic institutions.  Instead, your reversal has set a wonderful example, especially for Jesuit universities.

You face many other challenges to Catholic identity at Gonzaga, and we pray that you are able to continue to strengthen the University according to its most important mission.

May God bless you for this most exciting decision!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Patrick J. Reilly
President

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